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Manchester United: Dharmesh Sheth points to major detail in Ronaldo’s exit rumours

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Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has now claimed on the Transfer Talk podcast that Erik ten Hag hasn’t spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo since he announced his desire to leave Manchester United.

The 37-year-old has not reported for pre-season duty at the club this summer and didn’t travel to their tour of Thailand and Austrailia.

As reported by the Daily Mail family reasons were cited as the  cause of his absence but having already told the Old Trafford executives to let him leave for a considerable offer it would seem like a motive for a transfer.

Ten Hag reiterated this week that Ronaldo wasn’t part of the travelling squad due to personal reasons and that he would be part of his plans and isn’t for sale (Express).

The Dutch manager also said he had spoken to the Portuguese but it was ‘before’ the issue came up which Sheth has quickly pointed out and he claimed that the forward’s stance is clear.

(53:26)”No change, no change at all.

“Look, Ronaldo wants to leave we know that.

“United continually maintain that he is not for sale, he’s got a year left on his contract. It’s an option for a further 12 months as well.

“Now ten Hag actually spoke to him before he expressed this desire to leave so he hasn’t actually spoken to him since Ronaldo has come out and said he wants to go.”

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It certainly does all seem to point to 698-goal superstar bidding farewell to the Red Devils this summer.

As explained by Sportsmail, he still has an ‘affinity’ for the club but wants to be playing in the Champions League which won’t be possible if he stays put this season.

For 19 consecutive seasons, the goal-laden icon has competed among Europe’s elite and whether or not United can convince him to take a year out as they look to regain Champions League status remains to be seen but he will be 38 in February and you would suspect he won’t want to walk away from Europe’s top table at this stage in his career. 

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